Design Thinking Research

Investigating Design Team Performance

  • Christoph Meinel
  • Larry Leifer

Part of the Understanding Innovation book series (UNDINNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Larry Leifer, Christoph Meinel
    Pages 1-12
  3. New Approaches to Design Thinking Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Jonathan Antonio Edelman, Babajide Owoyele, Joaquin Santuber, Anne Victoria Talbot, Katrin Unger, Kira von Lewinski
      Pages 15-33
    3. Lena Mayer, Karen von Schmieden, Mana Taheri, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 35-47
    4. Neeraj Sonalkar, Ade Mabogunje, Mark Miller, Jeremy Bailenson, Larry Leifer
      Pages 67-76
  4. Exploring Effective Team Interaction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Niloufar Salehi, Michael S. Bernstein
      Pages 79-110
    3. Axel Menning, Benedikt Ewald, Claudia Nicolai, Ulrich Weinberg
      Pages 133-142
    4. Neeraj Sonalkar, Sahar Jahanikia, Hua Xie, Caleb Geniesse, Rafi Ayub, Roger Beaty et al.
      Pages 155-167
  5. Tools to Support Design Thinking Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Matthias Wenzel, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 171-184
    3. Mathieu Le Goc, Allen Zhao, Ye Wang, Griffin Dietz, Rob Semmens, Sean Follmer
      Pages 185-200
    4. Franziska Dobrigkeit, Philipp Pajak, Danielly de Paula, Matthias Uflacker
      Pages 201-227
    5. Kesler Tanner, Naomi Johnson, James A. Landay
      Pages 229-251
  6. Applying Design Thinking Practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Anja Perlich, Miriam Steckl, Julia von Thienen, Matthias Wenzel, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 255-272
    3. Hanadi Traifeh, Thomas Staubitz, Christoph Meinel
      Pages 273-288
    4. Martin Schwemmle, Marie Klooker, Claudia Nicolai, Ulrich Weinberg
      Pages 289-310

About this book


The practice of design thinking has gained in prominence over the past several years, and an increasing number of people and institutions have experienced its innovative power. However, as a result of this success story, the term has also evolved into something of an overused, or even misused, buzzword. The demand for an in-depth, evidence-based understanding of the way design thinking works has grown accordingly. This challenge is addressed by the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Program. Summarizing the outcomes of the program’s 10th year, this book shares the scientific insights gained by researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam and Stanford University in California, in the course of their investigations, experiments and studies.

Special emphasis is placed on exploring new approaches to design thinking education, making headway on the goals of the research program, namely to fuel creativity and establish improved content for the teaching and learning of design thinking. This volume also presents a broad range of findings on effective team interaction. Moreover, researchers present their findings on tools that support design thinking practices, and showcase concrete applications.

The results of this rigorous academic research are not only intended to benefit the scientific community, but will hopefully find their way to many other readers seeking to support innovation through collaboration, be it in businesses or in society.


Stanford Design Thinking Research Program Design Thinking Hasso Plattner Institute Stanford D-School DTR IT development innovating creativity School of Design Thinking Creative collaboration Neuroscience and Design Thinking

Editors and affiliations

  • Christoph Meinel
    • 1
  • Larry Leifer
    • 2
  1. 1.Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital EngineeringUniversity of PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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